Lasagna Soup is a fun spin on the well known casserole dish. It’s a great way to have two of my favorites – soup and lasagna with less cheese if that is something that interests you? I love all Italian cheese so this just gives me another excuse to eat ricotta by the spoonful.
1 Pound Ground Beef
3 Cloves of Garlic – minced (divided) Hint: you can use store bought minced garlic too – 3 tsp divided
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion – diced
16 oz. Can of Tomato Sauce (Unsalted)
2 14.5 oz. Cans of Diced Tomatoes (Unsalted)
2 Cup Chicken Stock (low sodium)
1 tsp of Salt, divided (+ more to taste)
1 TBSP Italian Seasoning
1 Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes
1 Bay Leave
3 TBSP Tomato Paste
3 Cups Water
8 oz. Lasagna Noodles – broken up in bite size pieces (see picture)
Garnish (recommended): A dollop of ricotta cheese, a sprinkle of shaved parmesan cheese, grated fresh mozzarella, and/or basil
In a pan, over medium heat brown the ground beef with a clove of minced garlic (1 tsp of store bought). Set aside.
In a separate pot heat up about 1 TBSP of olive oil. Add the diced onions and remainder of minced garlic (2 tsp store bought), and 1/2 tsp of salt. Try not to color the onions but you want them to be soft – about 3-5 minutes.
Add in the canned tomato sauce and diced tomatoes, chicken stock, and all seasonings. Another 1/2 tsp of salt. Stir to combine.
Bring up to a boil quickly and then take back down to simmer. Simmer for about 15-20 minutes. Stirring occasionally.
Taste and season if necessary. Salt brings out flavor so if it seems dull sprinkle in a little more salt.
Remove bay leaf. You don’t want it to get lost along the way and you definitely don’t want someone to eat it.
Add in 3 cups of water.
Add in cooked ground meat and broken uncooked noodles into the pot and bring up to a high simmer for 10-15 minutes, until noodles are cooked through.
Garnish and enjoy!
You can make this dish vegetarian. Skip the ground beef step(s) and substitute the chicken stock with vegetarian stock. If you wish to omit the ground beef, still include the 1 clove of garlic (for a total of 3 cloves), just add it to the onions instead.
You can make this dish with ground turkey, ground chicken or Italian sausage. Adjust your seasoning as necessary. Turkey and chicken will not season as easily as beef, so you may need to add more to taste. Italian sausage usually comes pre-seasoned so just be aware. Once it’s cooked in the pan, you can taste and adjust as necessary.
You can make this dish with meatballs! Fully cooked homemade or frozen meatballs can be substituted in place of the ground beef. Add in the cooked meatballs at the same time you add in the noodles and they should heat through as the noodles cook.